Amarillo students are taking part locally in a national march to raise awareness against gun violence this weekend.
Last week, hundreds of students left their schools to come together to end gun violence.
This weekend, many more plan to do the same in cities across the country.
Locally, some students have planned the March For Our Lives Amarillo event to raise awareness and end mass shootings.
The message that I want this march to send out to the Amarillo community or Texas in general, this isn’t an anti-gun march, this is not “oh a we don’t want guns, we want to get rid of guns,” this is more of a, we lost 17 lives due to our guns laws, the ones we have right now, we want them to be more strict, we want less lives lost,” said Angel Contreras, a student who helped organize the event.
The students wanted to get involved after seeing how vocal Florida students had become after the deadly shooting there in February.
Contreras says they have been getting negative feedback but it will not stop them.
“In the 1960s who didn’t get negative feedback, Martin Luther King, Cesar Chavez, Rosa Parks, and you know it is just it takes courage and strength to do something like this and I feel like that is something Carla and the rest of our friends have.”
The students are open to also talking with others who have different opinions.
“I am not saying you don’t have your own opinion, everyone has their own opinion. We want to give them our point of view as well as hear their points of view as well,” said Carla Prieto, another student organizer.
There are hundreds of marches scheduled across the country on Saturday.
The Amarillo students will be meeting at Elwood Park at noon.
They will march to the Old Potter County Courthouse.